Dimmy’s Mural, Swan Street, Melbourne

I’ve watched this mural unfolding along the eastern wall of Dimmy’s store in Richmond for several years. It’s the work of artist Hayden Dewar who returns to the site each summer to add the next section. The mural begins at the left hand end with the early history of Dimmy’s in the mid-19th century. It then manages to incorporate a wide range of Australian icons, both human and otherwise. 

The mural seems to have achieved respect from other street artists and has largely escaped being ‘bombed’ (defaced) by taggers. An article in the Melbourne Age by Martin Flanagan (Monday June 7th, 2004) provides some background on Dewar. But there is really no substitute for visiting the site and taking your own look at a unique and often witty reflection of Australian history and culture. I would not be surprised to see it designated one day as a national treasure.


The pictures above show sections of the mural and Dewar working in mid 2006. Some of my favourite sections are also shown below. (To be continued)


Intro to Imaging Section

This section will provide an overview of my interests in, and explorations of, imaging. I’ll be adding to it periodically with a view to proving a sample of work, including some of my favourite images.

My earliest camera was a simple plastic one. I took the black and white films to be processed by a friend’s father. Later, at Chester College (1965-68) I joined the photographic society and learned to process the films myself. I took photos at college events, sold the pictures and used the income to buy my first single lens reflex (SLR). Later, in Bermuda I graduated to a pair of Pentax Spotmatic cameras and eventually a motor driven Hassleblad. With these I was able to accumulate a number of images of Bermuda wildlife, especially birds. This growing collection resulted in my first book, Birds in Bermuda (1975).

Back in the UK full time study and a young family prevented me from doing much more than taking the usual family pictures. The exception was provided by various antiquities accessible around Northern England and the Lake District – mainly carved crosses, early church decoration, stone circles and the like.

Like everyone else I took travel pictures wherever I went but, frankly, I’ve always found tourist images banal. Then, for my 60th birthday, my eldest son, Rohan, presented me with one of my biggest surprises ever – a Nikon D50. Suddenly a door opened into a new world of digital imaging. Along with the requisite software and a Mac computer I was not only able to return to my earlier preoccupation with wildlife, I was also able to digitise rare prints, negatives and slides and distribute copies to other family members. Furthermore, and like many others, I began to explore some of the features of Photoshop Elements and, among other things, to craft composite images from many different sources.

During 2008 and beyond I’ll be steadily adding new images here so if you’re interested in subjects that include wildlife, antiquities, street art and surrealism, you may want to bookmark the site and check back from time to time.